This most unusual semester is finally over. Hard to believe we are at this point! Most of it was in-person (until UAlbany went on pause near start of November) for those students up here. Despite all the Covid limitations and restrictions or maybe because of it, it was quite memorable, better than we expected.

The Spring 2021 semester doesn’t start up until February 1st, so that gives us an extra long break. We’re now planning our annual crowdfunding matching online fundraiser, dates to be announced (either mid-Chanukah or just after Chanukah). We won’t have student events over Chanukah as it falls over break, but trying to think of some meaningful thing we could do. And on New Years Weekend we’re celebrating (mostly via Zoom) our daughter Bluma’s Bas-Mitzvah. 

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you will be celebrating with friends or family in-person or more virtually, may it be meaningful, memorable and enjoyable. May each and all of us recognize the many blessings in our lives and be grateful for them always.


All events are via RSVP during Covid – current students please check your emails, the whatsapp group or the Covid page on this site for this week’s form. 

see our VIRTUAL page for links to join Zoom’s and Whatsapp’s, our daily FB Live, and other ways to connect virtually. Since our closing in March for Covid-Coronavirus we’ve transitioned to a lot of online programming for both students and alumni. As well as Shabbat-To-Go almost all throughout. 

See our COVID page for continuously (keep checking back as we update it!) updated information on what services and programs we may (or may not) be able to offer during this unusual semester, and what conditions and specifics would be involved, including RSVP system, outdoor seating, limited group sizes, distancing, masks etc. The goal is to provide as much as we possibly can under these circumstances, in a responsible and safe manner, following the guidelines and recommendations. Thanks to all who have contributed to help purchase equipment and supplies to enable this current temporary transition. And thanks to those alumni, parents, friends and professionals who have helped us develop protocols and guidelines based on local and national and university health policies. 

See our page (under the “This Week” tab) for the Sukkot First Days RSVP form and a how it will work this weekend. We’re taking this a few days at a time, reevaluating and taking all things into consideration and planning accordingly. We are limiting our to-go Sukkot meals for those in quarantine, but will get back to more to-go meals as things go on. Stay tuned each week has its own schedule, opportunities and challenges! 


SIGNUP FORM for keep-in-touch at Shabbos House.… we send out a weekly email with event updates for that week.  If you don’t get our emails (alumni: a couple times a month, student updates weekly) please let us know so we can add you to the email list. Stay in touch, keep in the loop! 

More updates soon, 
Love, Mendel & Raizy